Monday, December 2, 2019

Glow Day

Welcome to GLOW DAY!  The kiddos were surprised when them came to school today to see our room transformed!

Mrs. S. and I were just as excited to start the day!  

Everyone got a pair of glow glasses and vest! 

To start our morning off we read our book for the week.  While I read the story, students had to listen for 5 key vocabulary words.  If, they heard me say the word, they yelled stop.  We would take the time to figure out the meaning of the word based upon the context clues in the story.  The best part about this was, we wrote our answers in highlighter...because it would glow of course!

When it was time to work with me at the reading table, students had to put on their reading detective hats.  We have been working on reading and find evidence in text to support comprehension questions.  Yes, we got to use highlighters again to highlight the evidence. 

While I was working with groups at the table, students got to play spoons with Mrs. S.  Instead of trying to get 4 of a kind in a deck of cards, students had to get 3 word cards before they could grab a glowing neon spoon.  (1 noun, 1 verb, 1 adjective)

We also got to read with black light flashlights. 

For writing today. I drew a squiggle on every students' paper.  Students had to turn the squiggle into "something" and then write about their creation.  Once again, students were super excited to write with highlighter.   It is the little things!

After recess and lunch everyone was ready to get back to our Glow Day extravaganza.  For math today students rotated around to stations.  One of those stations was glow bowling!  Students took turns throwing the ball.  After the pins were knocked down, everyone had to write a subtraction equation to represent how many pins fell down or how many pins were still standing. 

Another math station was glow Jenga.  Students played this game with Mrs. S.  Each Jenga piece was covered in 1 of 4 colors of neon black light tape.  After the child successfully placed the Jenga piece on top, he/she had to take a math question card that corresponded with the color on the Jenga piece.  Every student had to write their answer to the question on their whiteboards.  

Lastly, to end out day we practice our spelling words in shaving cream.  We have done this before, but it was so much more fun with the black light making the shaving cream glow purple. 

I head many of the kids say, "This is the best day ever!" and "I love this class!"  This is exactly why I love my job!  They were sad to see this day end, but I told them you just never know when another special day will pop up! I have many more tricks up my sleeve!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Turkey Turkey Turkey

Last week we learned about turkeys. So this week we thought we would have a little turkey fun! On Monday, all the first graders rotated to each first grade classroom to do an activity.  In Miss Miller's room we made apple turkeys. In Miss Brown's room we painted a turkey craft. In our room, we had a turkey STEM challenge. 

Turkey escaped the farm and he is coming to our thanksgiving dinner. Design a chair that can support the weight of our turkey guest.

1. Structure must support 3 pounds
2. Structure can bend
3. Structure must be at least 1 inch off the ground even if it bends and can not break. 
4. Must use only the materials given.  

1. Small and large popsicle sticks
2. Clothes pins
3. Binder clips

Everyone was not successful building a structure, but EVERYONE learned perseverance and teamwork skills!

On Tuesday we played a math called Gobblin' Up Missing Addends. Each pair had a turkey, chips, and a recording sheet. Partners took turns making the turkey "eat" some of the chips while the other partner hid their eyes. When the partner turned around they had to write a missing addend equations with the chips they saw, then they had to count on to find how many chips the turkey ate.